thanksGIVING– passing down family recipe’s


First things first… this is not a food blog. I rarely cook, and for new and creative recipes, I’m probably the last person you should ask. But when my grandmother gave me her banana pudding recipe just in time for Thanksgiving, I had to share.

Now, this is REAL banana pudding…  I did not use JELL-O INSTANT PUDDING. The pudding used in this recipe, is made from scratch. Also, no CHESSMAN COOKIES were used either. Any cookie used for banana pudding other than a Nilla wafer is STUPID, and I want NO parts.

My grandmother is the sweetest person, but getting this recipe out of her “correctly” was hard. First, she gave me no exact measurements. Secondly, I know she left out her “Secret ingredient.” But either way… I was beyond happy with the end result. A few more times, and I will have Ira Mae’s Banana Pudding Recipe perfect!

the recipe

The hot mess Recipe



Let’s get started:

Crack and scramble 2 whole eggs

Crack and scramble 2 whole eggs

Add eggs, and 2 cans of Evaporated milk to a pot on low heat

Add eggs, and 2 cans of Evaporated Milk to a pot on low heat

While stirring, add 1/3 of sugar

While stirring, add 1/2 cup of sugar (I used too much sugar, so try a smaller amount)

While stirring, add 1/3 cup of flour

While stirring, add 1/3 cup of flour mixed with 1/6 cup of water

Add 2 "heavy pours" of vanilla extract.

Add 2 “heavy pours” of vanilla extract. (That’s what my grand mom said)


Continue to stir with a whisk for about 15-20 minutes. This will ultimately make the pudding thick, without making it clump. This would be where the use of a double boiler would come in handy, but I don’t cook enough to have the proper cookware.


Layer the wafers and bananas... Wafers first

Layer the wafers and bananas… Wafers first

Pour the pudding, after each wafer, banana layer

Pour the pudding, after each wafer/ banana layer


After topping everything with one last coat of pudding, let cool, and then place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Ira Mae's Banana Pudding!

Ira Mae’s Banana Pudding!

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